JP6257707B2 - Content selection and distribution of rights and functions - Google Patents

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JP6257707B2
JP6257707B2 JP2016135266A JP2016135266A JP6257707B2 JP 6257707 B2 JP6257707 B2 JP 6257707B2 JP 2016135266 A JP2016135266 A JP 2016135266A JP 2016135266 A JP2016135266 A JP 2016135266A JP 6257707 B2 JP6257707 B2 JP 6257707B2
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  As the number and types of devices connected to networks such as the Internet increase, the amount of content accessed from those networks as a whole increases. That content includes not only conventional electronic content such as data and documents, but also media content of increasing amounts such as movies, music, books, games and other such multimedia presentations. Because these types of content can require large electronic files, and because the amount of storage space on many electronic devices is relatively limited, they are stored on network accessible devices Content is growing and content is downloaded, streamed or otherwise accessed by various electronic devices.

  The advantage of obtaining content across the network is that a user can obtain a copy of the content for a given device as needed, such as by downloading or streaming another copy or instance. In some cases, content licenses are tied to a particular device, so when a user purchases a new device, the user must purchase the content again to obtain a license for the new device. However, even if the content license allows the user to access the content on a different device, the content remains in a format that was accessible on the previous device. For example, if a user purchases a copy of a movie in a compressed format for viewing on a small handheld device and the user subsequently upgrades to a larger device with improved display capabilities, the user will Only the compressed version can be accessed. For example, if the user desires a higher resolution format, the user usually has to purchase a license for the new format. If the user has multiple devices with different functions, the user will typically have a standard definition DVD for the car player, a high resolution version for the home entertainment center, and a compressed or low resolution digital copy for the personal media player. Etc., a separate license or instance must be purchased for each desired format of a particular piece of content. If the user purchases another device that wants to access content in a new or different format, such as a 3D format, the user must purchase another license or instance of the content to obtain that format again. I must. The user must also know the function of each device and which format is compatible with each device.

  Various embodiments according to the present disclosure will be described with reference to the following drawings.

It is a figure which shows the environment which can implement | achieve various embodiment. . FIG. 4 illustrates different formats of the same content displayed on a device with various functions according to various embodiments. FIG. 6 illustrates an example data table that includes functionality for various types of devices that can be used in accordance with various embodiments. (A) And (b) is a figure which shows the example of the function information which can be received from various apparatuses concerning various embodiment. FIG. 6 illustrates an example table that includes various licensing options for a group of content that can be used in accordance with various embodiments. FIG. 6 illustrates an example process for delivering content to a user in a format suitable for a particular device that can be used in accordance with various embodiments. FIG. 7 illustrates an example configuration that can pause content on one device and resume on another device using a format that is appropriate for each device, according to various embodiments. FIG. 6 illustrates an example process for resuming content on a separate device using a format appropriate for the device that can be used in accordance with various embodiments. FIG. 6 illustrates an example process for accessing content in a suitable format from a device that has not previously been associated with a user that can be used in accordance with various embodiments. FIG. 6 illustrates an example configuration interface that can be used in accordance with various embodiments.

  Systems and methods according to various embodiments of the present disclosure overcome one or more of the above-mentioned deficiencies and other deficiencies of conventional approaches for providing access to content. In particular, various embodiments allow content to be delivered to a device in a format that is dynamically determined to be appropriate for the device, or otherwise accessible by the device. A content provider or other such entity or source can determine various capabilities of the device and can select a format that is appropriate and / or optimal for the device. A user accessing the same content on two different devices may then automatically receive that content in two different formats, where each format is at least partially relative to that device for that device. It is appropriate based on typical functions.

  The approach presented in this document can be viewed as thinking about content in terms of rights to content instead of specific files or formats. For example, instead of purchasing one piece of content in a particular format, the user is independent of the version, which may include, for example, multiple existing and / or future formats, and other versions of a common format, Or, various types of licenses or rights can be purchased for content according to a content availability business model that is independent of format. Under such a license, a user who purchases a device in a new format does not need to repurchase content in the new format because the new format may already be included under the original license. Furthermore, the distribution of content in a new format can be determined automatically, so that the user can always obtain the same single content format that is optimal for the device used to access the content. Once a user purchases such a license, the user can have rights to any evolution or variation of that content appropriate for a given device. In some embodiments, a user can automatically receive such a version whenever an updated version of the content becomes available, depending at least on the user's rights regarding the content.

  When a user attempts to access a piece of content on a device, the device can send a communication to the appropriate system or service to indicate the type of functionality that the device provides. In other situations, the device can provide an identifier that can be used to determine the function. User agents or other suitable modules or other components of the system or service can analyze these functions and determine the format in which the user has rights to deliver to the user via the current device Can determine the highest quality (or other suitable) format. In many embodiments, the system or service need not know the device type, manufacturer, or other such information, but instead need only know one or more features of the device. In some cases, the device does not even need to know what formats can be supported by the device, but instead has audio capability, video capability, amount of memory, processing speed, video card capability, network connection speed, and / or others Report such information.

  The user can thus obtain various formats on any of many devices under a single license without having to repurchase an instance of that content. Content can be distributed even to devices that are not associated with the user, such as publicly available devices or devices of friends, relatives, or colleagues. Even if the user has not previously accessed in that format, the content can be accessed under a license in any format appropriate for these devices. Also, the user does not need to be aware of a particular format or function, and need not reconfigure or take any action to receive the optimal format on a particular device.

  As mentioned, the content can be any suitable type of content such as audio, video, text, electronic books, video games, mobile applications, or other multimedia content. Although content can be provided from different sources, rights determination can be performed from a logically integrated location. In addition, user behavior and historical information can be tracked by an integrated service to help improve format selection and determination.

  In addition, by collecting information in a logically integrated location, other functions can be supported. For example, a user who has paused playback or other access of content on a particular device can resume at the same location of the content on another device. Resume can also be performed when the device accesses content in a different format. For example, a user who has paused an audio book can resume at an appropriate point in the text in an electronic book format. Time code techniques or other suitable conversion techniques can be used to determine corresponding locations in different formats.

  A “format” as used in this document is a specific format that makes it possible to play, execute, or otherwise access using a device that has the capability to support that type of file. Refers to one type of file or other instance of electronic content that conforms to standards, protocols, or other data structures. Examples of different formats include standard definition DVD files versus Blu-ray® files, Microsoft Xbox 360® versus Nintendo Wii® files, etc. As used herein, a “version” refers to a variation of content that may be for the same format or for a different format. Examples of different versions are the original Star Wars® trilogy on DVD vs. the special version of Star Wars® trilogy on DVD and the original version of Let It Be on Compact Disc or MP3 Beatles. Includes a version of It Be with extra equipment removed. Although the format or version can be used in various examples, licensing and feature considerations will be apparent to those skilled in the art in light of both, if applicable, and in light of the teachings and suggestions contained herein. It should be understood that it may apply to deformation.

  Further, an instance of content may not be limited to a single format or version in the conventional sense. For example, an instance of “content” may actually consist of multiple pieces or elements of related content, each of which may have a different format or version, and may require different device capabilities. For example, an instance of content may relate to a movie as a major element or part of that content, but may also include other types of content such as game content, electronic book content, audio or text content. In some instances, these parts may be part of what is referred to herein as “static” content, where instances of the content are delivered as a set with a specific version or format of each part. , Those parts do not change in the instance. In other instances, the content may be what is referred to herein as “dynamic content,” and portions of the content may change over time or dynamically based on interaction with the content. May be selected. For example, static content may include a movie with the ability to view a script along with the movie. Dynamic content allows users to present or watch comments on social networking sites regarding movies, or to navigate to different elements through one or more decision points.

  Further, for instances of content with multiple parts, there may be an independent decision as to which format or version is provided for each part. For example, in one embodiment where bundles are determined together, an instance of content, including audio book and e-book content, can analyze the capabilities of the intended device and select the optimal combination based on those capabilities There is sex. As a result, in some cases, bundles may be limited in number and / or possible combinations. In other embodiments, the determination may be separate, so that the optimal electronic book content can be determined separately and the optimal audio book content can be determined, whereby the user can determine each part of the content You can receive the best version or the best format.

  In some embodiments for which the user has the appropriate rights, the content can also automatically upgrade device functionality and various part versions. For example, the content may include an application or other executable script. The script can determine the version of one or more applications or scripts on the computing device, such as a media player, rendering algorithm, or browser plug-in, and if possible, download the upgraded version. Can be installed on a computing device, thereby allowing the device to provide the necessary functionality to support a new version or format.

  In some embodiments, “intelligent” content can provide one or more decision points that can determine which portions or elements of content the user can access. In some embodiments, the available decision points may depend at least in part on the capabilities and / or rights of the user and the current device. For example, a movie may “include” an optional 3D dream sequence that a user can access at certain points in the movie. If the user does not have a 3D-compatible device or does not have rights to that part, the decision point may be unavailable to the user. In some embodiments, the user has different options or elements, such as the ability to see a two-dimensional version of the part, or potentially access different parts such as a storyboard or commentary that describes the content of the 3D part There is a possibility of obtaining. Because experiences can vary based at least in part on the capabilities of various devices, such an approach can facilitate the purchase of content and repeated viewing on different devices.

  As mentioned, the selection of the appropriate format for the device may depend at least in part on the capabilities of the device. Functions generally include things like audio and video functions, but connection speed, processor or GPU capabilities, supported industry formats, input device types (especially for games), output It may also include the type of device. Various other factors can be used and will be apparent to those skilled in the art in view of the present disclosure.

  For example, in some embodiments, aspects such as power consumption or remaining battery life can be factored into decisions about the version and / or format to send to the device. For example, a video game may be able to render on a high resolution device that is relatively resource intensive. If the user is using a portable device with limited battery life, for example, the user configures the device to maintain power usage below a specified rate, or the remaining battery life is at a certain level If this is reached, the device may be configured to reduce consumption. Thus, if the portable device meets at least one of these criteria, the device can execute or receive the game format or version at a lower resolution. In some embodiments, the device may monitor power consumption or other such levels and may contact content distribution or management services when such criteria are met. This allows the version or format to be automatically changed to a version or format that consumes resources at a lower rate. As described elsewhere in this document, switching between versions or formats can be made substantially seamless, and the user can resume in substantially the same state in other formats. In some embodiments, when the user performs an action, such as plugging the device into an outlet, the device can return to rendering a higher resolution version or format or the like.

  FIG. 1 illustrates an example environment 100 for providing distribution of various types of content to various types of devices across an electronic network that can be used in accordance with various embodiments. Although the example environment is presented as an internet-based environment for purposes of explanation, it should be understood that different network environments may be used as appropriate to implement various embodiments. An example environment may include a number of electronic client devices 102 that may include any suitable device operable to send and receive requests, messages, or information over a suitable network 104 and communicate information back to the user of the device. Can be included. Examples of such client devices include personal computers, cell phones, handheld messaging devices, laptop computers, setup boxes, personal digital assistants, electronic book readers, and the like. Each device can accommodate one or more users, and each user can have one or more devices. The network can include any suitable network, including an intranet, the Internet, a cellular network, a local area network, or any other such network, or a combination thereof. The components used in such a system will depend, at least in part, on the type of network and / or environment selected. Protocols and components for communicating over such networks are well known and will not be described in detail in this journal. Communication over the network can be enabled via a wired connection or a wireless connection, or a combination thereof. In this example, the environment includes a web server 106 for receiving requests from user devices and a web server 106 for serving content accordingly, so the network includes the Internet, but for other networks, the disclosure As will be apparent to those skilled in the art in view of this, alternative devices for similar purposes may be used.

  An exemplary environment includes at least one application server 108 (or content server) and at least one data store 110. There may be several application servers, tiers, processes, components, or other such elements, which may be chained or otherwise configured, for data from the appropriate data store It should be understood that interaction can be performed to perform tasks such as acquisition. As used herein, the term “data store” refers to any device or any combination of devices capable of storing, accessing, and retrieving data, in any standard environment , Any combination and any number of data servers, data storage devices, and data storage media in a distributed or clustered environment. An application server for executing one or more application aspects of a client device, for integrating with a data store as needed, and for processing a majority of data access and business logic for an application Any suitable hardware and software can be included. The application server cooperates with the data store to provide access control services, which in this example can be supplied to the user by a web server in the form of HTML, XML, or another suitable structured language. Content such as transferred text, graphics, audio and / or video can be generated. The processing of all requests and responses and the distribution of content between client device 102 and application server 108 can be handled by web server 106. Web servers and application servers are not required, and the structured code described herein can be executed on any suitable device or host machine as described elsewhere in this document, so It should be understood that these are merely exemplary components.

  Data store 110 may include a number of separate data tables, databases, or other data storage mechanisms and media for storing data relating to certain aspects. For example, the illustrated data store can be used to provide content using one or more of the techniques described herein (eg, audio content, video content, game content, And electronic book content), licensing information 114, user information 116, and device information 118. It should be understood that there may be many other types of information stored in such a data store, such as page image information and access rights information, which are any of the mechanisms listed above as appropriate. Or stored in an additional mechanism in the data store 110. Data store 110 is operable to receive instructions from application server 108 through logic associated therewith and to retrieve, update, or otherwise process data accordingly. In one example, a user may submit a search request for certain types of content. In this case, the data store may access the user information to verify the user's identity and access the content information to obtain information about instances of that type of content. The information and / or content can then be returned to the user, such as in a results list for a web page that the user can view via a browser or other application on the user device 102. Information for a particular instance of content can be viewed in a dedicated page or window of the browser, in a media player, as part of an application, or via any other suitable interface.

  Each server typically includes an operating system that provides executable program instructions for the general management and operation of the server, and when executed by a processor or server, the server typically has its intended function. Including a fixed computer readable medium storing instructions that enable execution of Suitable implementations for the server operating system and general functionality are known or commercially available and are readily implemented by those skilled in the art, especially in light of the disclosure herein.

  The environment in one embodiment is a distributed computing environment that utilizes several computer systems and components that are interconnected via communication links using one or more computer networks or direct connections. is there. However, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that such a system can work equally well with systems having fewer or more components than shown in FIG. Accordingly, the depiction of the system 100 of FIG. 1 should be construed as having the nature of the exemplary description and not limiting the scope of the present disclosure.

  An environment, such as the environment shown in FIG. 1, is often referred to as being “running in the cloud” and may be distributed across various devices, locations, and / or geographical regions. Because various operations can occur for a user on multiple devices, it is referred to as a “cloud computing” environment. By storing information and content in such a distributed environment and offloading at least some calculations or operations to a remote system or service, the user equipment is otherwise possible using a single device. Or at least provide more functionality than would be practical. For example, a user of user device 102 may wish to stream a video file. One approach to obtaining such a file is to purchase a right (eg, a license) for a piece of content and send a request across the network 104 to the appropriate address (eg, the URL of the content provider's web server 106). is there. The web server analyzes the request (and any associated requests) and includes an executable server 108 that includes executable instructions for determining information such as the source of the request, the intended content, and user identification information. The request can be forwarded to the appropriate system or service. The application server verifies the user identity, for example, against information in the user data store 116, and uses the license data store 114, or similar location information, to determine whether the user has rights to the content. Can be determined. If the user has rights to the content, the application server can retrieve information for the content from the content data store 112 or other such location and send it to the destination specified by the request. It should be understood that there may be many additional or alternative systems or services to perform these or any other such task as described and suggested herein. . Further, the information returned to the destination may include any suitable information, such as an address from which to copy the content or download the content, or otherwise obtain the content.

  As explained, conventional licenses that a user purchases (or otherwise obtains) often give the user one copy of the content, or at most one of the content at a point in time. Give rights to one copy. In some cases, a user may obtain a multi-user license or a multi-device license. However, in each of these cases, the user typically only gets access to the content in one format per license. For example, if a user purchases a copy of a puzzle game in a format for a particular video console, the user does not obtain rights to that puzzle game copy in a different format for use on a different portable video game machine. Even if the user can acquire multiple formats, such as by acquiring rights to the DVD and digital copies of the content, the user can insert the DVD into the device or download a digital copy from a specific address, etc. The appropriate content must be manually selected for each device included in the license. When a user purchases a device that uses or has a different format, another copy of the content must be purchased to take advantage of that format or function. The need for multiple purchases of each instance of content can be expensive, leading to the user having to manage multiple versions. In addition, people are often uncomfortable with having to repurchase content, such as music from their favorite artists, as new formats are developed. Thus, the user may hesitate to purchase a new format, which is not good for the manufacturer or content provider, or the user may even get the content illegally in the new format, even more bad.

  The approaches according to various embodiments discussed and suggested herein allow users to change the way they purchase or otherwise consume content. Further, the various embodiments provide intelligent content delivery, eliminating the need for a user to manage various formats or versions, or to ensure that the optimal format is being accessed on a given device. Various embodiments may allow a user to obtain a new or updated version of certain content, or additional portions of existing content, when those versions become available, and / or a new version or format A device capable of presenting is acquired or accessed when the device is accessed. Various other capabilities and functions are provided and described with respect to various embodiments.

  As an example, consider the situation 200 of FIG. 2 where a user has two devices: a tablet computer 202 and a portable game console 210. Each of these devices can display video content and play the corresponding audio. However, as can be seen in FIG. 2, the functions of these devices are significantly different. For example, a tablet computer has a much larger display element 204, which in this example is portrait (although some devices can also be displayed in landscape orientation as is known in the art, but for illustration purposes) This feature is ignored in this example). On the other hand, the portable game machine has a much smaller display element 212 that is horizontal. Various other display functions of these display elements, such as resolution and ability to display varying color tone images or video, black and white or grayscale images, images with specific sharpness or clarity, etc. May also be different. As a result, the format of the content, such as a video file, can be optimized for playback with appropriate characteristics on either device. Similarly, the tablet computer 202 of this example includes a single speaker 206 for playing back audio in monaural sound. On the other hand, the portable game machine 210 has two speakers 214 that can reproduce sound with stereo sound (or monaural sound). As is common, there may be different versions or formats of this example movie on each device.

  If a user purchases a movie in only one format optimized for one of the devices, the content experience may not be optimal using the other device. For example, if a user purchases a copy of the format for game console 210, but plays a movie on tablet 202, the resolution of the movie may be much lower than it can be displayed on the tablet, It is necessary to delete part of the movie (for example, modify it to fit the screen) and adjust the aspect ratio of the movie (so that the person in the movie is too stretched or compressed too much) Or the movie display area is reduced so that only a portion of the screen can be used to display the movie. Further, since the purchased movie version has audio in stereo sound, the mono sound function of the tablet computer 202 can only play or encode or encode one of the audio channels (eg, half of stereo audio). Depending on other aspects, the audio may not be played at all. A similar problem may occur when a user purchases content for a tablet computer instead, but attempts to play the content on a game console.

  Techniques according to various embodiments can be used by a user to access content on any of a number of different devices, in a format or version that substantially matches the functionality of each device (or at least as much as possible). Make it available. The user does not need to know the function of each device or the format (s) that can be used for each device, and can automatically access versions and / or formats that utilize the capabilities of the current device. A user can make a request from any of these devices without having to utilize a special address, enter or select specific information, or perform any other such action, either in the cloud or another remote An application running at the location can determine the format that is accessed through the device.

  In the example of FIG. 2, the user may be able to access a movie about the robot from the tablet computer 202 in a similar portion such as “My Library” or interface, web pace, etc. The user may be able to select a movie icon or link, thereby generating a request that is sent to the content provider. The content provider can obtain information about the requesting source device and can determine the appropriate format of the movie to provide to the user via the tablet computer. When the user performs the same operation from the game machine 210 instead, the content provider obtains information about the game machine, the relative functions of each device, the formats available, the type of license acquired by the user, etc. Based on this information, it will determine the appropriate format to provide to the user via the gaming console, which will be the same or different from the format provided for the tablet computer. Since the gaming device can provide stereo sound, the content provider allows the user to access a version of a movie having a stereo soundtrack. On the other hand, tablet computers may obtain a mono audio version. Various other formats can be provided as appropriate.

  In one embodiment, various device information is maintained in a single location. For example, a content provider can maintain a list of device information or can subscribe to services that provide functionality to various devices. FIG. 3 shows an example table 300 that can be maintained for such purposes. In the example table, the first column 302 includes a unique identifier of the various devices for which information is being obtained. These identifiers can be any suitable unique identifier such as a product serial number or other such identifier. In some embodiments, a unique key is generated, which then requires a mapping to a specific device or category of devices that have similar functions. Various other options can also be used. The example table also includes a plurality of columns 304 that list various functions of various devices. For example, the first device's information (with ID SX3df) is that such devices support stereo or mono audio, as well as video standard definition (SD) television format or resolution at (up to) 640 x 480 Show what you can do. Other devices also include information on these functions and / or other such functions. When a request is received to provide content to a device, the system or service can access this table to determine the capabilities of that type of device. The functional information may be used to allow one or more format selectors or other such components or modules to be presented on such devices utilizing one or more selection algorithms, criteria, or other such techniques. The format can be determined.

  In some embodiments, the format selector selects the most highly functional format that is compatible with the device. For example, the format selector can select the format with the highest resolution, extended features such as 3D video, motion control, and the like. In some cases, the selector can utilize an algorithm that can rank the formats, select the highest ranked format (or another format for each at least one selection criterion) and present it to the user via the device. In some cases, there may be various formats that can be used with different levels of functional combinations. For example, the first format has a higher video resolution but may have a lower audio capability. Various ranking factors can be utilized to determine the overall ranking score for each format in such instances. For example, video resolution may be weighted more heavily than audio quality. In some cases, the user may prioritize certain functions over others, such as HD over 3D, even if 3D is otherwise more heavily weighted. In some cases, the user can set a ranking, specify a format that is preferred or not considered, and so on. In some embodiments, the content provider examines other information, such as user history or behavioral information, and attempts to determine a format that is not only appropriate for the device but also optimal for that particular user. Can do.

  However, in at least some embodiments, a list of all possible devices and functions that must be updated each time a new device becomes available, an updated function becomes available, etc. Attempting to maintain may be undesirable or at least unrealistic. In addition, certain software or software upgrades may be made to certain devices so that the same type of device may have different functions. Thus, the techniques according to various embodiments obtain functional information from the device itself instead.

  For example, a content provider may receive a request for content from a particular device. If not already included in the initial request, the content provider may send a response back to the device to request device capabilities. In some embodiments, the response is a type of format where multiple formats of the requested content are available, or where the content may not be properly (or at all) accessible on certain devices. Only sent to. The response may be for a list of all related functions, or for a specific function value, which may conform to a specific standard. The device can then send information to the content provider in a format similar to that shown in the example table 400 of FIG. 4 (a). In this example, the device sends a list of all possible formats and / or functions supported by the device. As can be seen, there may be separate lists for each supported video type, each audio type, which connections are available, etc. Using this information, the content selector can determine all possible feature combinations for a device and use these combinations to select the optimal content version that is accessible on that device. Features in some embodiments are ranked by their relative requirements. It should be understood that the table is only an example and the information can be communicated in any suitable manner.

  FIG. 4 (b) illustrates another example of a function table 450 that can be transmitted by a device according to various embodiments. In this example, the device does not include each of the device functions, but lists specific functions such as video functions, audio functions, and the like. In some embodiments, these may be specific functions that a user requests or requires. In other embodiments, these values may be preferred or may specify a maximum value for each function. For example, if the device can support any common video resolution up to HD video, the device will return a single value of HD and the content provider can select or include up to HD quality video .

  In some embodiments, the fact that there are multiple formats available, one or more of which may be optimal for a particular device, does not necessarily indicate which format the device or user receives or which Do not decide whether to receive the version. For example, a license acquired by a user for that one piece of content may not include access to a particular format. The user may have purchased only a single format license, or otherwise acquired (eg, downloaded a specific version without rights to other versions), and therefore the format of the purchased license However, other formats cannot be accessed by other devices. Even if the license gives the user rights to other versions or formats at the time the license is acquired, the license may not apply to future versions or specific formats, etc.

  The embodiments described herein can take into account rights to specific content for the user, rather than specific instances of that content as in previous approaches. For example, instead of registering that a user has purchased a particular version of an e-book in a particular format, a license determination module or other such component or service instead has the user have an instance of that content Rights can be registered, renewed, and otherwise maintained. For example, the table 500 of FIG. 5 shows a variation of rights to a piece of content that a user can obtain. In this example, the user can purchase a license that allows the user to access the content on a specific number of devices. For example, a user may purchase a single device license that allows the user to access its content only on a specified device. Depending on the license conditions, the user may transfer the license to a different device and specify at most one device at a time, or the license may be tied to a specific physical device . The user may also be able to purchase a multi-device license that allows the user to access content from up to four devices at a time in this example. Costs may be higher for multiple device licenses than for single device licenses. A user in some embodiments can purchase a license that allows the user to access content from any device with the license still applied for personal use by that user (or a specified number of users or less). There is a possibility. Unrestricted personal device licenses allow a content provider to monitor whether the content provider is allowing the user to take advantage of another user's unlimited personal license to prevent content theft. May have to be identified against. The cost of unlimited personal use may rise accordingly.

  Although there are various types of multi-user licenses or multi-device licenses known in the art, the techniques according to various embodiments have been described by users as they have not yet been developed or are not yet available and available. Allows purchasing various levels of format and / or version licenses that can be automatically provided to the user without necessarily knowing the format or version. And, as described elsewhere in this document, these formats and / or virgins are dynamically based at least in part on the capabilities of the device that the user is using to access the content. And / or intelligent choice

  For example, FIG. 5 allows a user to purchase a license for a single version and / or format so that the user has access only to the original format and / or version obtained by the user through purchase, download, etc. become able to. Depending on the type of device license, the user may be able to access this format and version on multiple devices, but those devices will still be able to access that particular version and / or regardless of their capabilities. Or you can only access the format. For example, if a user purchases a standard-definition movie version and decides to play the movie on a device that can play high-resolution content, the device will still only have the standard-definition version allowed under that license. Cannot play.

  Also, the user can obtain licenses for all current versions and / or formats in at least some embodiments. For example, a user who purchases an online video game may be able to purchase a license to play the game in an existing format, and thus the user may include all formats that currently have access to the game. The game can be accessed from a personal computer, Xbox 360 (registered trademark), Playstation 3 (registered trademark), or Wii (registered trademark). The required content may not be different, so the cost of such a license may not be greater than the cost of a single format license, but the user's interface to access the content may be in a sufficiently different format There is. In another example, a user may be able to obtain licenses for digital copy versions of DVDs, Blu-rays, and movies. The cost to acquire a license for all three can be greater than the cost to acquire a license for only one of these formats, but separate licenses for two or three of the formats Lower than the cost to get to. Such an approach can be attractive to the user because the user can obtain additional formats of the movie at a relatively low additional cost, and such a pricing structure would purchase the user a more expensive license along with the original purchase This may be attractive to movie providers.

  As can be seen in FIG. 5, the user can obtain a license for any version or format, including any future version or format of the content, in at least some embodiments. For example, a user today may be able to access content in existing formats of that content, such as 3D, HD, and SD of video files. By purchasing a license for any format, or otherwise obtaining a license for any format, the user can access the content even in the new format as those formats become available. For example, techniques may be developed that allow video files to be displayed completely as three-dimensional holograms. If a user purchases such a holographic player at some point, the user need not purchase the content again in a new format. Such a license may be attractive to the user because the user does not have to worry about purchasing a piece of content once and buying it again later in a new format. Providers also lose revenue from users repurchasing their catalog of content in a new format, but providers will get money for formats that do not yet exist, Instead of trying to recapture those development funds later, which can often be dangerous due to events such as competing format wars that often fail and cause loss to the format supporters or adopters Such licenses may also be attractive to content providers because they can improve short-term revenue while providing funding to develop future formats with upfront investment.

  Also, as can be seen in FIG. 5, the user may have the option to purchase unlimited format and / or version licenses for one, multiple, or any number of devices. The price can rise accordingly, but the user can access the content in any format from any supported device without having to repurchase the content, purchase a new license, etc. Unlimited personal use licenses in this format can ensure that a user only needs to purchase a license for one content at a time. However, especially when the user is not sure how much the user enjoys the content, the user may purchase a license that is not fully fulfilled to reduce costs, but the user It should be understood that additional formats, versions, or device access may be desired at one or more times. Approaches in accordance with various embodiments allow a user to update a license for less than the cost of a new license. For example, in FIG. 5, a user can purchase a single format and version of a piece of content for access on a single device. If the user enjoys the content, the user may wish to upgrade to own any version of the content and access the content from any device. A single device and format license is $ 9.99 in that example, and a limited license is $ 39.99. In some embodiments, the user may be charged only an additional $ 30.00 to upgrade the license. On the other hand, in other embodiments, the user may be charged some intermediate additional price, such as $ 32.99, which is less than the cost of an unlimited license, but includes a separate fee to cover the cost of additional transactions. There is sex. Various other approaches and pricing structures may also be used within the scope of various embodiments, as will be apparent in view of the present disclosure. In some cases, a user may have a content provider who likes viewing, how often the user accesses certain content, how often the user exits certain content, or the average user It may be possible to receive a discount on the license, such as by allowing sharing of information (not including user identification information) such as how far away it is.

  Once a user has acquired a license for a piece of content, the license information can be accessed in a network and in a suitable (logically) integrated location, such as the license data store 114 shown in FIG. Can be stored. In some embodiments, a content provider or other such entity can subscribe to licensing or rights services that can manage information for various content providers, users, and other entities. The advantage of rights services is that different formats and / or versions may not want to share information with each other, but users need to know the type of license that they have already purchased for that one piece of content In some cases, it may be provided by competing content providers. In some embodiments, the licensing service can handle usage fees associated with the content and manages (or at least provides the information needed to manage) the funds associated with the various licenses. Potentially, various content providers can therefore receive rewards when users access their formats or versions using licenses purchased through another provider. Various other revenue sharing techniques can also be used.

  Various other types of licenses can also be purchased using such services. For example, a user may purchase a license for any movie produced by a studio in any format, such as through subscription, and the service may be able to handle passing rights information to various providers, As well as ensuring that those providers receive the appropriate rewards. Such licenses can be relatively expensive, but users can access any movie from any device at any time in the newest or best format available for that device, It may be attractive to the user. However, existing services cannot be purchased because they take advantage of a pricing model based on the fact that a user with a personal use license can access only one instance (or a limited number of instances) of content at any given time. It should not be as expensive and therefore limits the amount of content that a user can access per billing and issue cycle (eg, hour, day, month, or year). A similar pricing theory can be applied here, but can be expanded to include a wide variety of licenses as described and suggested in this document.

  FIG. 6 is an example of a process 600 for using the above-described function and license information to dynamically determine an appropriate format and provide it to a user in response to a request for access or a similar event or occurrence. Indicates. In this example, a request is received for a piece of content 602, such as when the user selects an icon or link on a device that causes the request to be sent over the network to a content provider. As long as the capability information is not included in the initial request, or otherwise the content provider cannot obtain the initial request, the provider can send a response to the requesting device requesting the capability of the device 604. This may include requests for all device functions, specific functions, or something in between. Messages or other communications that include at least some of the requested device capabilities can then be received from the device 606. The content provider can verify the type of rights that the requesting user has regarding the content 608. In this example, license verification is performed after obtaining the device capabilities, but unless stated otherwise, these (and other) steps are performed in other orders within the scope of the various embodiments, simultaneously, or It should be understood that it can be performed in parallel. Initial verification may include whether the user has access to the content on the device. Assuming that the user has rights to the content, the content provider enables the user to determine the format, version, or other aspect of the content instance for the user on the device. Whether or not you have a variable type license 608 can be determined. If the user does not have a variable type license, the content provider can determine whether the licensed version is compatible with the requesting device 612. If not compatible, the request is rejected 614 and / or the user is notified that the content is not accessible on the device. If the licensed format and / or version is compatible with the functionality of the requesting device, the content provider allows the user to access that version and format on the requesting device 618. The term “content provider” is used for illustration, but allows parties to determine the appropriate format or version to store license information, store content, and access content. It is to be understood that and / or may be the same as or different from the party performing any other aspect of the process. The term “provider”, in at least some embodiments, is any relationship that may be involved in the process described and suggested herein to allow a user to gain access to specific content. Can be broadly interpreted as including a person or entity.

  If the user has a variable or flexible type of license that is not specific to a single format, version, or other such aspect, the content provider may be based at least in part on device capability and rights information 616. To determine the appropriate format and / or version. As described elsewhere in this document, this determines the version or format that can be supported, ranks at least one version or format based on specific ranking or selection criteria, or otherwise It can include selecting in a manner and using any other suitable information such as user preference or behavior information. In some embodiments, the content provider can provide the user with a version or format option that they receive from among all the supported formats and versions, etc. Once the appropriate format and version is determined, the user may be allowed to access that instance of the content from device 618.

  In some cases, the device may not respond with information about its capabilities. The device may not respond for any of a number of reasons, such as the device is an older device that does not have such communication capability, or is operating in a different format or protocol, etc. Various approaches can be used in accordance with various embodiments to attempt to determine which format allows the user to access through the device. In some embodiments, a format with the least or least functional requirements can be provided because the device is likely to be able to support that format. For example, if a request is received from an Internet-enabled television, but the television does not provide information about its possible resolution mode, the television is likely to be able to support that format and is provided The content format may be standard quality. In some embodiments, the user may be presented with an option to select a different format. When the system determines the various formats that the user has rights to the content, the user is presented with at least some list of those formats and can choose which format to access.

  In another approach, the system may look at user behavior or preference information and attempt to determine the most likely format for the user to access. Using the television example above, if a user likes a high resolution video format and almost always watches a high resolution video format, the user will make a decision that they are likely to try to access the high resolution content. Can do. As a result, formats that are delivered to or accessible to the user can be high resolution content. The user can again be presented with an optional set of other formats or versions of the content that the user wishes to access. The set of options may be displayed automatically when the format is determined to be incompatible on the device and may be accessible to the user at any time via menu items or other such options.

  In some embodiments, the system can provide a similar menu that allows the user to select the desired version when the content provider system detects different versions for the specified format. For example, a content provider may determine that a user should be able to access a high resolution version of the content based on device capabilities, rights, etc. If the content provider also determines multiple versions, such as an original black-and-white version of an old movie, along with a colored version and a directory-explained version, the user may be presented with options regarding which version to access. Such an approach may be desirable to the user because the user can know about other versions of the content that the user may already have access to. In addition, if there are related versions, such as remakes, parody, or other such variations, based at least in part on the content accessible by the device, they can also be presented as options. If the user does not yet have rights, the user may have the ability to obtain rights that include any relevant items of interest. The license is then determined by the content provider system or other such system or service based at least in part on functionality, preferences, and / or other factors as described elsewhere in this document. As such, it may include at least rights to the format that is optimal for the current device.

  When a user acquires the right to access content in various formats on multiple devices, the user can acquire various additional functionality. For example, data can be stored in a logically integrated location in the cloud or across the network so that content providers or similar parties can view the current content of content the user has navigated or otherwise accessed Can process information such as location, point, or other part. For example, when a user reaches a certain level in a game, a particular chapter of a book or movie, a track in a music album, or another such trigger or threshold, information can be sent to a provider indicating such condition. In some embodiments, each time a user navigates away from an instance of the content, such as by stopping the device, pausing the instance of the content, or moving to another instance of the content or application, the device Status information (e.g., a suspended state where the user has stopped accessing content from a given device) can be sent to the provider so that the provider can remember its status. In other embodiments, the provider indicates that the content provider has stopped receiving requests for more content if the user has stopped, indicating that the user has stopped accessing content on the current device, Content hibernation can be determined automatically. When the user wishes to resume the content on the device, the content can be accessed from that point using the state, location, or other such information stored in the cloud by the provider. In addition, the interrupt status information may also include other aspects such as volume or brightness level, or any other value that can be ported to other devices.

  Such an approach may be particularly desirable for streaming content where such state information is often not stored remotely. In various embodiments, the content can be fully delivered to the device, portions can be streamed, other portions or elements can be fully delivered or installed, or the entire content can be streamed. Thus, the determination of the interruption state may depend at least in part on the type of content delivery. If the entire instance is stored on the user device, the user device may be configured to send suspend information to the central system or service, so the user can resume on a different device. If the content is streamed, the system or service may be able to automatically determine the suspended state without having to receive state information from the user device. If only certain parts or elements are stored in the device, a combination of the above approaches may be exploited.

  The advantage of storing this status information in the cloud or other such location is that the user can resume at the desired point of the content even if using another device. For example, consider situation 700 in FIG. In this example, the user has acquired the right to allow the user to access a piece of music on both the user's car stereo 702 and the user's home receiver 710. The car stereo is connected to the content provider 712 using any suitable mechanism, such as a cellular or 3G connection to the cellular provider system 704, which then connects to the content provider via a network 706 such as the Internet. To a suitable server 714 (eg, a web server or other such device). As should be apparent to those skilled in the art, FIG. 7 shows only the basic components for ease of explanation, and many other components of the cellular network, content provider systems, and other The components are not shown, but can be used to provide such functionality as is known in the respective technology. If the user turns off the car radio 702, changes the channel of the radio, or otherwise stops listening to the music at a certain point in music playback, information about that point is stored in the content provider system 712. And the information is stored in a time / location data table 716 or similar location. When the user subsequently turns on the home receiver 710, the receiver can send a request to the content provider 712 across the network 706 using any suitable component, such as a wireless model 708 or other such device. If the receiver already stores a local copy of the content, the content provider can send location information to the receiver so that the receiver can begin playback if the user stops in the car. If the receiver streams content instead (or otherwise downloads or retrieves), the content stream can start when the user stops in the car. Such an approach effectively allows users to pause content on one device and resume on another device without having to know about them, communicate with each other, etc. However, in some embodiments, instead of each device for a user communicating with other user devices to store some or all of this information in the cloud, whether the user has paused certain content, You can decide where to start playback.

  Another advantage and significant advantage over conventional systems revolves around the fact that users can automatically resume their content on another device in a different format. Returning to the example of FIG. 7, the user may receive a version format on the car stereo 702, which is a conventional two-channel stereo format. However, the user's receiver 710 may be able to play a higher quality format of the content, such as a 6: 1 surround sound format. In at least some embodiments, when the receiver sends a request, it can also send capability information (as part of the same or separate request as described above) that can be analyzed by the content provider system. The content provider can determine the appropriate format for the receiver and the user can determine the location in that format where playback should resume. When the user accesses the content on the receiver, the receiver can resume playback of the content in a format that is optimal for the receiver.

  In some embodiments, the content provider stores information such as time code conversion information for the content format. Deciding where to resume access in a different format may not be easy. In some cases, the system may need to access information indicating how to convert a time code or location in one format to a time code or location in another format. For example, the user may be listening to an audio book playback on a car stereo. When the user tries to resume access to the book with the electronic book reader at the point of discontinuation in the car, but the book reader does not provide audio playback or the user prefers to read with the book reader The content provider needs to determine where in the text of the book format to restart the book reader based on the time code of the audio playback. Similarly, if the user wishes to end the story by reading the book to a certain point and then watching the movie version instead, the content provider will place the user in the book at the corresponding location in the movie. Some conversion information may be required in order to be able to correlate the current position. In some cases, the user may have different versions of a piece of content that may include movie versions, electronic comic versions, book versions, video game adaptations, novel versions, screenplays, storyboards, director commentary, etc. May purchase a license. At any point in time, after viewing a movie chapter or the like, the user may wish to switch to another version or format, such as reading the original script of a scene. In such an embodiment, the system must have a way to correlate the various positions within each of those formats. In some embodiments, the system may store a particular time code that corresponds to a particular location throughout each of the format and version. In other embodiments, the system can store a curve or function that maps a timeline to a location within each piece of content, and then more accurately compare the relative positions in the two versions of the content. Various other comparison techniques may be used within the scope of the various embodiments.

  FIG. 8 is a diagram illustrating an example process for resuming content 800 on another device that can be used in accordance with various embodiments. In this example, a pause (or similar) command or request is received 802 from the device. As described, this may include any appropriate notification or communication that indicates the point or location where the user stopped, paused, ended, or otherwise ended the content on the device. it can. Notifications can be generated in response to any suitable event such as the user selecting a sleep option, navigating to other content, turning off the device, etc. Either as part of the notification or as part of subsequent communication, the time code (or another suitable identifier) of the location where the user left off can be obtained 804. The current format time code information can then be stored 806 in an appropriate location for later retrieval. In some embodiments, this information is selected for a specified period of time, at the user's request, until the user accesses different content on the device, or by the user, content provider, or other appropriate entity or party. You can only remember for any of the many other reasons that may or may be configurable. The request can then be received to resume the content at another device 808. This request can be generated in response to the user accessing the specific content again on the other device, or it can be generated automatically when the user powers on the other device. For example, an Internet radio station may always pick up where a user left off on the same device or another device for the same user or license. Other device capabilities can be determined using any of the techniques described elsewhere herein, and an appropriate format can be determined 810 for other devices. Appropriate time code conversion (or a similar process) can be performed 812 to determine the point of the new format to resume playback or other access. Once determined, the other device will effectively stream the content (or otherwise play back or content otherwise) in a format that is optimal for the current device, although the user has stopped at the original device. Providing access to). In some cases, determining the format of the current device may result in the same format that was used for the original device, but that determination is not limited to multiple formats that can be used in at least certain embodiments. Is still dynamically lowered when there is.

  Other advantageous functionality that can be obtained through the various techniques described in this document is that a user has previously been associated with that user, or otherwise not associated with that user and is associated with the previous user. The content can be obtained on a device that may contain a format that has not been accessed or accessed by the user. For example, the user may go to a friend's house with a television with 3D display capability. The user may not have a 3D-enabled device and may not have ever accessed the content through a friend's television. In various embodiments, a user may cause a 3D television to submit a request for content associated with the user, such as by the user entering or otherwise providing identification or authentication information. is there. The content provider receiving the information can identify and / or authenticate the user and allow the user to access any content on the television if the user license or user rights permit. In addition, the user can access content in 3D format that may otherwise have not been associated with the user.

  Such an approach allows a user to access specific content in a format optimized for any device from which the user can obtain such content. For example, a user can verify or personally identify an account with an audio or video system on an aircraft and gain access to the user's content through the system. Further, the content can be delivered in a format or version appropriate for the aircraft. For example, certain airlines impose restrictions on the types of content that can be displayed on a video system in an aircraft. When a user accesses content through the system, the user can not only automatically obtain a format that is appropriate for a video system (eg, a relatively low resolution version in the case of a small LCD screen), but also with an aircraft video system. It is also possible to automatically receive a version of content that has been edited or otherwise modified for display. Similarly, if a user is seated at a table in a cafeteria car with an individual tabletop electronic jukebox, the user can authenticate himself to the system through the jukebox and access the user's music through the jukebox. The music can be delivered in the appropriate format, and the restaurant car may impose restrictions on the explicit language played in the facility, so the content being played is optional May be a clean version of

  FIG. 9 illustrates an example process 900 for enabling a user to access content in a format suitable for a previously unknown or unassociated device that can be used in accordance with various embodiments. In this example, a request is received from a user to access content through an unknown device 902. For example, the request can be received from the device being accessed by the user, the device has not been previously accessed by the user to access the content, and the device is otherwise a user or user account Not associated with. When a request is received for a content provider, the provider can verify 904 the user's identity and licensing rights, and at the same time or after determining whether the user has the right to access content through the device. If it is not included in the request, device function can be requested 906. Upon receipt of the device capability, an appropriate format can be determined 910, and the user can be accessed 912 through the determined format device. In some situations, such as individual desktop electronic jukeboxes, multiple users can authenticate themselves to the system during a common session, and content for each of those users in a format appropriate to the jukebox. Accessible. For example, the user can set a random playlist that can play music from each of the user's catalogs and the like.

  In order to allow users to access content from any device, content providers may want to increase the level of security and prevent unauthorized license sharing or other such content theft. In some embodiments, a user accessing an unknown device must simply provide more than a standard username and password or other easily shareable elements. For example, a user may in some embodiments have a USB key, a wireless fob, a Bluetooth device, or some other type of secret key encryption that can ensure that there is a single instance of the user accessing the content The device must be presented. Additional keys can be obtained for the user for additional licensing costs, as should be apparent. Thus, if a user wishes to play content on a friend's device, the user may first be authenticated using a secret secure key, which allows the content provider to improperly instead Satisfied with not being friends accessing content. A user who wants to access content on an aircraft video system simply plugs the key into the system and does not have to go through a complicated verification or setup process, almost instantly in the format appropriate for that system. Because the content can be accessed, such a device can also provide some simplicity.

  Many aspects of content distribution and / or access may be configurable by a user or other party, as described above. By way of example, FIG. 10 shows a sample interface 1000 that could be used to allow a user to configure various options according to one embodiment. In this example, the user has several configurable options 1002. These options are shown as selectable through drop-down boxes, but any such as radio buttons, text boxes, check boxes, or other such elements known or subsequently created for such purposes It should be understood that appropriate elements can also be used. In such an interface, the user can specify the format that will be received, the format that will not be played, the preferred format, and other such options. In this example, the user has specified that only stereo audio with video quality up to HD is received. The user has chosen not to receive 3D video even if it is available. The user also specified a maximum resolution for other video options. The user may specify a maximum quality setting that is less than the possible quality of the device for any number of reasons, such as to save bandwidth, memory, or other such resources.

  A user may have the option to impose certain restrictions on the content format for a particular device. For example, a user may only allow a clean version of a movie, audio, or other content on a car system, video game console, or other device that a child may access. Users can enable unedited versions to be played in theater rooms or personal book readers, or before their formats can be “unlocked” or “usable” for those devices. May require a password or other requirement. Similarly, users may be able to transport playlists to public devices or friends' devices, but users restrict certain types of content from being accessed on devices other than personal devices. obtain. For example, if a user likes a common horror movie but is embarrassed to be known to others, the user may have a certain title, genre, or other classification of content on other devices through the user's account or license. It can restrict access. Various other access or security controls may be applied within the scope of various embodiments.

  In at least some embodiments, such resource savings or functionality may also be considered when determining an appropriate format for the device. For example, returning to the example of FIG. 7, the car radio 702 may be able to play surround sound or some other relatively high resolution audio format. When determining the best format for a car radio, the content provider system may take into account the fact that the radio connects via a 3G connection. High resolution format because there may be gaps in playback due to buffering or other such features due to not being able to receive data fast enough due to bandwidth limitations of 3G connections May not play as happy with car radio. In such situations, the system may determine that a standard stereo format is preferred instead, since the overall experience may be better because the content can be accessed without interruption, even though the sound quality is not optimal. In some cases, a user or device can configure or limit possible formats due to distribution or connection limitations, or other such factors. In some cases, a content delivery system may also be able to communicate with a cellular provider or other such entity to determine a user's monthly usage, for example, the amount of bandwidth that the user is allowed in the month. As the content provider approaches, the content provider may reduce the quality of the content delivery or otherwise modify the format selection for the particular device that uses the delivery channel accordingly. Thus, a device with higher functionality may receive a lower quality format than a device with lower functionality based on aspects such as connectivity for the device. Furthermore, a distribution channel such as download vs. streaming can also be determined based on various functions, connections, and the like.

  In some embodiments, the system can track user behavior and usage over time to attempt to improve the overall quality of content delivery. For example, in a situation where the user has a limited bandwidth every month, the user may get a low quality format at the end of every month. By monitoring usage patterns over time, the system can attempt to adjust the format selection to avoid limits near the end of every month. For example, a user may access a piece of content during the month on a device that can receive a very high resolution format, but due to the size or resolution of the screen, that format and lower quality There is almost no difference with the format. In order to save bandwidth for later use, the provider may decide to deliver the content in a lower quality format. Such an option may not be allowed by the user. On the other hand, in some cases, the user can specify a delivery low quality format if the resulting experience is not significantly affected. Various other options can also be used. In addition, the user may have the option to override the format selection and request that the upgraded format be accessed.

  In some embodiments, a content provider system or other party can obtain and / or track device performance information for use in formatting decisions. For example, a user may access high-resolution content on a computer that reports that the computer supports high-resolution video. Due to computer limitations such as the amount of available memory, processor speed, number of other applications running, and other such factors, high-resolution video playback on a computer is very slow or choppy There is also the possibility of hanging the computer. Similar problems may occur with other devices that report certain functions, but in fact cannot provide those functions with an acceptable level of quality. Thus, the system can select a format based at least in part on actual device performance. Such an approach may be particularly beneficial for devices that were previously unknown or that have not been accessed by the user, since the user may not know at all the actual performance capabilities of the device. In addition, the system can track when a user selects a higher or lower quality on a particular device as an indicator of the actual function of the device.

  In some embodiments, the device obtains (or at least has access to) a list of all content the user is entitled to, including various formats and versions of information, when the user is authenticated to the device. )be able to. Such lists can be updated and maintained as appropriate, such as when new formats for which the user has rights become available. While updating and storing such a list may require specific resources, such a list minimizes the number of requests received against the content provider and has the user with respect to one particular piece of content. Can determine rights.

  As described above, various embodiments can be implemented in a wide variety of operating environments, and in some cases, it operates on one or more computers, computing devices, or many applications. A processing device can be included that can be used for this purpose. User devices or client devices are many general purpose personal computers such as desktop computers or laptop computers running standard operating systems, as well as cellular devices, wireless devices that can run mobile software and support many networking and messaging protocols, And any of the handheld devices can be included. Such a system may also include a number of workstations running any of a variety of commercially available operating systems and other known applications, such as for development and database management. These devices can also include other electronic devices such as dummy terminals, thin clients, game systems, and other devices that can communicate via a network.

  Also, various aspects can be implemented as part of at least one service or web service, such as may be part of a service-oriented architecture. Services such as web services can communicate using any suitable type of messaging, such as by using messages in Extensible Markup Language (XML) format (from "Simple Object Access Protocol" It can be exchanged using a suitable protocol such as derived SOAP, etc. The process provided or performed by such a service can be written in any suitable language such as Web Service Description Language (WSDL). Can be used to enable functionality such as automatic generation of client-side code in various SOAP frameworks.

  Most embodiments are well known to those skilled in the art to accommodate communications using any of a variety of commercially available protocols such as TCP / IP, OSI, FTP, UPnP, NFS, CIFS, and AppleTalk. Utilize at least one network that would be The network can be, for example, a local area network, a wide area network, a virtual private network, the Internet, an intranet, an extranet, a public switched telephone network, an infrared network, a wireless network, and any combination thereof.

  In embodiments that utilize a web server, the web server can run any of a variety of servers or mid-tier applications, including HTTP servers, FTP servers, CGI servers, data servers, Java servers, and business application servers. The server (s) can be implemented as any programming language such as Java, C, C #, or C ++, or any scripting language such as Perl, Python, or TCL, and combinations thereof. The program or script may be executed in response request from the user device, such as by executing one or more web applications that may be implemented as one or more scripts or programs. The server (s) include database servers that are commercially available from Oracle®, Microsoft®, Sybase®, and IBM®, but are not limited to these. May also be included.

  The environment can include various data stores and other memories and storage media, as described above. These are various locations, such as on a storage medium that is local to one or more of the computers (and / or resides within one or more of the computers), or far from any or all of the computers across the network. Can exist. In a particular set of embodiments, the information may reside in a storage area network (“SAN”) well known to those skilled in the art. Similarly, any files necessary to perform functions belonging to a computer, server, or other network device may be stored locally and / or remotely as appropriate. Where the system includes computerized devices, each such device can include a hardware element that can be electrically coupled via a bus, such as at least one central processing unit ( CPU), at least one input device (eg, mouse, keyboard, controller, touch screen, or keypad), and at least one output device (eg, display device, printer, or speaker). Such systems include one or more storage devices such as disk drives, optical storage devices, and solid state storage devices such as random access memory (“RAM”) or read only memory (“ROM”), and removable media. Devices, memory cards, flash cards and the like may also be included.

  Such devices may also include computer readable storage media readers, communication devices (eg, modems, network cards (wireless or preferred), infrared communication devices, etc.), and working memory as described above. The computer readable storage medium reader stores computer readable storage media representing remote storage, local storage, persistent storage, and / or removable storage, and computer readable information temporarily and / or permanently. Can be connected to storage media for storing, transmitting, and retrieving, or can be configured to accept computer-readable storage media. Also, the system and various devices typically include many software applications, modules, services, or other elements located within at least one working memory device, including an operating system and application programs such as client applications or web browsers. including. It should be appreciated that alternative embodiments may have numerous variations from those described above. For example, customized hardware may also be used and / or certain elements may be implemented in hardware, software (including highly portable software such as applets), or both. In addition, connections to other computing devices such as network input / output devices may be utilized.

  Storage media and computer readable media for storing code, or portions of code, include RAM, ROM, EEPROM, flash memory, or other memory technology, CD-ROM, digital versatile disc (DVD) or other optical Including storage devices, magnetic cassettes, magnetic tapes, magnetic disk storage devices, or other magnetic storage devices, or any other media that can be used to store desired information and that can be accessed by system devices, Volatile and non-volatile media, removable and non-removable media implemented in any method or technique for storage and / or transmission of information such as computer readable instructions, data structures, program modules, or other data Including, but not limited to, It may include any suitable medium that is or use of knowledge. Based on the present disclosure and the teachings provided herein, one of ordinary skill in the art will recognize other means and / or methods for implementing various embodiments.

  The specification and drawings are, accordingly, to be regarded in an illustrative rather than a restrictive sense. However, it will be apparent that various embodiments and modifications may be made thereto without departing from the broader spirit and scope of the invention as set forth in the claims.

Additional Notes 1. A computer-implemented method for dynamically determining the format of content provided to an electronic device, comprising:
Under the control of one or more computer systems comprised of executable instructions,
Receiving a request for identified content from a user of an electronic device;
Determining the rights the user has to the identified content;
Sending a request to the electronic device for functional information of the electronic device;
Receiving a response including the function information of the electronic device from the electronic device;
Determining at least one format of at least a portion of the content electronic device appropriate for the electronic device based at least in part on the capability information of the device and the rights the user has to the identified content;
Allowing a user to access at least one determined format of at least a portion of content via an electronic device;
A computer-implemented method comprising:

  Additional Item 2. Item 4. The computer according to item 1, wherein the function information of the electronic device includes at least one of a plurality of functions of the electronic device or information specifying a preferred function of the electronic device for the specified content. Method.

  Additional Item 3. The computer-implemented method of Item 1, wherein the content electronic device format suitable for the electronic device is the highest quality format supported by the electronic device.

Additional Item 4. A computer-implemented method for determining a content format, comprising:
Under the control of one or more computer systems comprised of executable instructions,
Receiving a content access request via an electronic device;
Determining one or more functions of the electronic device;
Determining at least one suitable format of at least a portion of the content that is accessible via the electronic device based at least in part on one or more functions of the electronic device, the method comprising: Determining that one part can be accessible in a number of different formats, each of which can require different functions;
Enabling access of at least a portion of content in at least one determined format via an electronic device;
A computer-implemented method comprising:

  Additional Item 5. Additional notes further comprising determining a user right of the electronic device for the content, wherein determining at least one suitable format for at least a portion of the content is further based at least in part on the user right for the content 5. A method implemented by the computer according to 4.

  Additional Item 6. The user's rights regarding the content include at least one of a single format of the content, a plurality of formats of at least one portion of the content, or any existing and future formats of at least a portion of the content A computer-implemented method according to appendix 5, including:

  Additional Item 7. Allowing access to content can enable the content to be played, displayed, rendered, downloadable, streamable, or presented on the electronic device The computer-implemented method of claim 4, comprising at least one of:

  Additional Item 8. Item 5. The computer-implemented method of clause 4, wherein the plurality of formats includes at least one of formats comprising different resolutions, audio quality, display requirements, audio channels, distribution channels, and execution languages.

  Additional Item 9. One or more functions of the electronic device are an audio function, a video rendering function, a display function, a power consumption rate, a usable battery life, a usable input mechanism, a usable output mechanism, a data connection type, and a peripheral device. The computer-implemented method of claim 4, comprising at least one of the information.

Additional Item 10. Allowing the user to select a format different from the determined format of at least part of the content that is accessible via the electronic device;
The computer-implemented method of claim 4, further comprising:

  Additional Item 11. Additional information 10 further comprising storing user override information for the different selected formats, wherein the user override information can be used to determine future formats for at least one of the user, content, or electronic device. A computer-implemented method according to claim 1.

Additional Item 12. The content can further have multiple versions of one or more formats,
Determining a version of the content that is accessible by the user via the electronic device based at least in part on the user's rights;
The computer-implemented method of claim 4, further comprising:

Additional Item 13. Prompting the user to select a version of the content that will be accessible in a format determined by the electronic device;
The computer-implemented method according to Item 12, further comprising:

  Additional Item 14. Item 5. The computer-implemented method of clause 4, wherein determining one or more functions of the electronic device includes receiving functional information from the electronic device.

  Additional Item 15. The computer-implemented method of clause 4, wherein determining one or more functions of the electronic device includes examining functional information based at least in part on the identifier of the electronic device.

Additional Item 16. Allowing a user of an electronic device to specify one or more formats that are accessible or inaccessible to at least one type of content via the electronic device;
The computer-implemented method of claim 4, further comprising:

Additional Item 17. Allowing users of electronic devices to rank one or more formats that are accessible to at least one type of content via the electronic device;
The computer-implemented method of claim 4, further comprising:

  Additional Item 18. The computer of claim 4, further comprising monitoring device performance for at least a portion of the plurality of formats, wherein determining the appropriate format is further based on at least partially monitored device performance. Method.

  Additional Item 19. The computer-implemented method of clause 4, wherein the determination of the appropriate format is further based at least in part on user behavior information, user history information, and user preference information.

Additional Item 20. A system for determining a content format that can be accessed via an electronic device,
Processor, and
When executed by the processor, the system
To receive a content access request via an electronic device,
Determine one or more functions of the electronic device;
Determining at least one suitable format of at least a portion of the content that is accessible via the electronic device based at least in part on one or more functions of the electronic device, wherein at least a portion of the content is Can be accessible in multiple different formats, which can require different functions, and
A memory including instructions that allow access to at least a portion of the content in a determined format via the electronic device;
A system comprising:

Additional Item 21. At runtime, instructions are sent to the system
An additional note that further comprises determining a user right of the electronic device for the content, and determining at least one suitable format for at least a portion of the content is further based at least in part on the user right for the content Item 21. The system according to item 20.

  Additional Item 22. The user's rights regarding the content include at least one of the rights to a single format of the content, multiple formats of at least a portion of the content, or any existing and future formats of at least a portion of the content The system according to additional item 20.

Additional Item 23. When executed by the processor, the processor
To receive a content access request via an electronic device,
Determine one or more functions of the electronic device;
Determining at least one suitable format of at least a portion of the content that is accessible via the electronic device based at least in part on one or more functions of the electronic device, wherein at least a portion of the content is Fixed, including instructions that can be accessible in multiple different formats that can require different functions, and that allow access to at least some of the content in a format determined via the electronic device Computer-readable storage medium.

Additional Item 24. At runtime, instructions are sent to the processor
An additional note that further comprises determining a user right of the electronic device for the content, and determining at least one suitable format for at least a portion of the content is further based at least in part on the user right for the content Item 24. The system according to Item 23.

  Additional Item 25. The user's rights regarding the content include at least one of a single format of the content, a plurality of formats of at least a portion of the content, or any existing and future formats of at least a portion of the content The system according to item 23.

Additional Item 26. A computer-implemented method that allows access to content on an unknown device in a format appropriate to that device, comprising:
Under the control of one or more computer systems comprised of executable instructions,
Receiving from a user an access request for content identified on the electronic device, wherein the electronic device is not yet associated with the user;
Requesting secure user identification information from the user;
In response to receiving the secure user identification information, confirming the secure user identification information and determining rights for the user with respect to the identified content;
Requesting functional information of the electronic device;
In response to receiving the functional information of the electronic device, at least one of the identified content that is accessible via the electronic device based at least in part on the functional information and the rights for the user regarding the identified content. Determining at least one format of the part;
Enabling a user to access content identified in at least one determined format on an electronic device;
A computer-implemented method comprising:

  Additional Item 27. The computer-implemented method of clause 1, wherein the secure user identification information is obtained from a physical entity that includes a secure private key.

  Additional Item 28. The computer-implemented method according to item 1, wherein the secure user identification information is obtained via data input to the electronic device by the user.

Additional Item 29. A computer-implemented method for enabling access to content on an electronic device, comprising:
Under the control of one or more computer systems comprised of executable instructions,
Receiving an electronic device content access request from a user;
Authenticating the user's identity;
Determining one or more functions of the electronic device;
Determining at least one format of at least a portion of the content that is accessible by the user via the electronic device based at least in part on the user's identity and one or more capabilities of the device;
Allowing a user to access content in at least one format determined via an electronic device, and the electronic device was not previously associated with the user's identity;
including,
A computer-implemented method.

  Additional Item 30. Item 5. The computer-implemented method of Item 4, wherein the electronic device is a publicly accessible device.

  Additional Item 31. The computer of claim 4, further comprising requesting secure user identification information in response to a request to access the content, wherein the user identity is based at least in part on the secure user identification information. Method.

  Additional Item 32. Item 7. The computer-implemented method of clause 6, wherein the secure user identification information is obtained from a physical entity that includes a secure private key.

  Additional Item 33. Item 7. The computer-implemented method according to Item 6, wherein the secure user identification information is obtained via data input to the electronic device by the user.

  Additional Item 34. An additional note further comprising determining a user right for the content, wherein determining at least one format of at least a portion of the content that is accessible on the electronic device is further based at least in part on the determined right Item 5. A computer-implemented method according to Item 4.

  Additional Item 35. Making content accessible allows the content to be played, displayed, rendered, downloadable, streamable, or presented on an electronic device The computer-implemented method of claim 4, comprising at least one of:

  Additional Item 36. Item 5. The computer-implemented method of clause 4, wherein the plurality of formats includes at least one of formats with different resolution, audio quality, display look-up, audio channel, distribution channel, and execution language.

  Additional Item 37. One or more functions of the electronic device are an audio function, a video rendering function, a display function, a power consumption rate, a usable battery life, a usable input mechanism, a usable output mechanism, a data connection type, and a peripheral device. The computer-implemented method of claim 4, comprising at least one of the information.

Additional Item 38. Allowing the user to select different formats for at least some of the content that will be accessible via the electronic device;
The computer-implemented method of claim 4, further comprising:

  Additional Item 39. For the electronic device, further comprising storing a selection of different formats as override information by the user, wherein the override information by the user is used for future format determination for at least one of the user, content, or electronic device A computer-implemented method according to item 13, which can be performed.

Additional Item 40. The content can further have multiple versions of one or more formats,
Determining a version of content that is accessible by a user via an electronic device, based at least in part on the user's rights or the type of electronic device;
The computer-implemented method of claim 4, further comprising:

  Additional Item 41. One or more functions of the electronic device are determined, at least in part, by receiving functional information from the electronic device, or at least partially by examining the functional information based on the identifier of the second electronic device; A computer-implemented method according to Item 4.

Additional Item 42. Allowing a user of an electronic device to specify one or more formats that are accessible or inaccessible to at least one type of content via the electronic device;
The computer-implemented method of claim 4, further comprising:

  Additional Item 43. Item 5. The computer-implemented method of clause 4, which enables a user to rank one or more formats that allow access to at least one type of content via an electronic device.

Additional Item 44. A system that enables access to content on an electronic device,
Processor, and
When executed by the processor, the system
Receiving an electronic device content access request from a user;
Authenticating the user's identity;
Determining one or more functions of the electronic device;
Determining at least one format of at least a portion of the content that is accessible by the user via the electronic device based at least in part on the user's identity and one or more capabilities of the device;
Allowing a user to access content determined in at least one format via an electronic device,
That the electronic device was not previously associated with the user ’s identity,
Memory containing instructions that cause
including,
system.

Additional Item 45. At runtime, instructions are sent to the system
20. The system of clause 19, further comprising requesting secure user identification information in response to the content access request, wherein the user identity is authenticated based at least in part on the secure user identification information.

  Additional Item 46. Item 20. The system of clause 19, wherein the secure user identification information is obtained from a physical entity that includes a secure private key or via data entered by the user into the electronic device.

Additional Item 47. At runtime, instructions are sent to the system
Item 20. The system of clause 19, further comprising determining a user's rights regarding the content, wherein determining the format of the content that is accessible on the electronic device is further based at least in part on the determined rights .

Additional Item 48. When executed by the processor, the processor
Let users receive content access requests on electronic devices,
Authenticate the identity of the user,
Determine one or more functions of an electronic device,
Determining at least one format of at least a portion of content that is accessible by a user via an electronic device based at least in part on the identity of the user and one or more capabilities of the device;
Allowing a user to access content in a determined format via an electronic device, and the electronic device was not previously associated with the user's identity,
Including instructions,
Fixed computer readable storage medium.

Additional Item 49. At run time, instructions are transferred to the system
24. The fixed computer readable storage medium of clause 23, wherein in response to the content access request, a secure user identification information is requested and the user's identity is authenticated based at least in part on the secure user identification information.

Additional Item 50. At run time, instructions are transferred to the system
24. The fixed computer readable storage medium of clause 23, wherein determining the user's rights regarding the content and determining the format of the content that is accessible on the electronic device is further based at least in part on the determined rights.

Additional Item 51. A computer-implemented method for dynamically determining one format of content to be synchronized between electronic devices,
Under the control of one or more computer systems comprised of executable instructions,
Receiving a first request for registration at a content management service of a first electronic device for a user;
Obtaining information about applications and files stored in the first device;
Receiving a second request for registration at a content management service of a second electronic device for a user;
Determining the rights that the user has to the applications and files stored in the first electronic device;
Transmitting a request for requesting functional information of the second electronic device to the second electronic device;
Receiving a response including function information of the second electronic device from the second electronic device;
Determine at least one format of at least a portion of the application and file appropriate for the second electronic device based at least in part on the functional information of the second electronic device and the rights the user has to the application and file And
Storing at least a portion of an application and file in a second electronic device in at least one format;
Including
The first electronic device and the second electronic device are substantially synchronized with respect to the application and file, and the first electronic device and the second electronic device can store different formats of at least one common application or file;
A computer-implemented method.

  Additional Item 52. The function information of the second electronic device includes at least one of a plurality of functions of the second electronic device or information identifying a preferred function of the second electronic device for the determined application and file. 52. A computer-implemented method according to item 51.

  Additional Item 53. 52. The computer-implemented method of clause 51, wherein the format of at least one application or file suitable for the second electronic device is the highest quality format supported by the second electronic device.

  Additional Item 54. 52. The computer-implemented method of clause 51, wherein at least one of the application and file is a composite format that includes at least two elements each having a different format.

Additional Item 55. A computer-implemented method for synchronizing electronic devices,
Under the control of one or more computer systems comprised of executable instructions,
Receiving a synchronization request of the second user device with the first user device;
Determining the function of the second user equipment;
Determining an application and file stored on the first user device to synchronize with the second user device;
Determining at least one format of at least a portion of an application and file appropriate for the second user device based at least in part on the capabilities of the second user device;
Storing at least a portion of the application and file on the second user device in at least one determined format;
A computer-implemented method comprising:

  Additional Item 56. 56. The computer-implemented method of clause 55, wherein at least one of the application and the file is a composite format that includes at least two elements each having a different format.

Additional Item 57. Determining the rights that the user has regarding the applications and files stored on the first user device;
Further including
Determining at least one format of at least a portion of the application and file appropriate for the second user device is further based at least in part on the determined rights;
56. A computer-implemented method according to appendix 55.

  Additional Item 58. 58. The computer of clause 57, wherein the rights include at least one of a single format, multiple existing formats, or rights to any existing format and future format of any of the applications and files. The way that is realized.

Additional Item 59. Prompting the user to obtain additional rights when it is determined that the user does not have the right to install at least one application or file on the second user device;
56. The computer-implemented method of clause 55, further comprising:

Additional Item 60. Determining data stored on the first device that is synchronized to the second device;
Further including
56. The computer-implemented method of clause 55, wherein at least a portion of the data is stored on the second device according to at least one determined format for at least one application.

  Additional Item 61. A synchronization request of the second user device with the first user device is a manual user request, a scanning procedure executed on the first user device or the second user device, or initial registration of the second user device 56. A computer-implemented method according to clause 55, generated in response to.

  Additional Item 62. Determining the applications and files stored on the synchronized first user device of the second device obtains a list of applications and files stored from the first user device or by the content management service. Or the computer-implemented method of clause 55, comprising scanning the content of the first user device.

  Additional Item 63. Determining applications and files stored on the first user device that are synchronized to the second user device includes prompting the user to approve the found applications and files that are synchronized. 56. A computer-implemented method according to appendix 55.

  Additional Item 64. Determining at least one format of at least a portion of an application and file appropriate for the second user device uses the second user device capability information to communicate with at least one third-party content provider. 56. A computer-implemented method according to supplementary note 55.

Additional Item 65. Determining applications and files stored on a second user device that are synchronized to the first user device;
Determining at least one format of at least a portion of an application and file appropriate for the first user device based at least in part on the capabilities of the first user device;
Storing at least a portion of the application and file on the first user device in at least one determined format;
56. The computer-implemented method of clause 55, further comprising:

Additional Item 66. Further comprising storing at least a portion of the application and file on at least one third user device, wherein at least a portion of the application and file is synchronized across the at least three devices;
56. A computer-implemented method according to appendix 55.

Additional Item 67. Periodically scanning at least one of the first user device and the second user device for application or file changes synchronized between the first user device and the second user device;
56. The computer-implemented method of clause 55, further comprising:

Additional Item 68. Maintaining state information of at least one application or file across the first user device and the second user device;
56. The computer-implemented method of clause 55, further comprising:

  Additional Item 69. The functions of the second user device are processing function, memory capacity, audio function, video rendering function, display function, power consumption rate, usable battery life, usable input mechanism, usable output mechanism, data connection type 56. The computer-implemented method of clause 55, comprising at least one of peripheral device information.

Additional Item 70. Allowing the user to select a format different from the determined format of the application installed on the second user device;
56. The computer-implemented method of clause 55, further comprising:

  Additional Item 71. Item 70. further comprising storing user override information for the different selected formats, wherein the user override information can be used for future format determination for at least one of the user, application, or electronic device. A computer-implemented method according to claim 1.

Additional Item 72. At least one of the application and file may further have multiple versions of one or more formats;
Determining at least one version of the applications and files stored on the second user device based at least in part on the user's rights;
56. The computer-implemented method of clause 55, further comprising:

  Additional Item 73. Item 56. Additional clause 55 further comprising monitoring the performance of the second user equipment for at least one application or file, wherein determining the appropriate format is further based at least in part on the performance being monitored. A method realized by a computer.

  Additional Item 74. 56. The computer implemented method of clause 55, wherein the determination of the appropriate format is further based at least in part on user behavior information, user history information, and user preference information.

Additional Item 75. A system for synchronizing electronic devices,
Processor, and
When executed by the processor, the system
Causing the second user device to receive a synchronization request with the first user device;
Determining which applications and files are stored on the first user device to be synchronized to the second user device;
Causing the second user device to determine at least one format of an appropriate application and / or file based at least in part on the function of the second user device; and
A memory including instructions for causing the second user device to store at least a portion of the application and file in at least one determined format;
A system comprising:

Additional Item 76. At run time, instructions are transferred to the system
Allowing the user to determine the rights to the application and file stored in the first electronic device;
At least one format of at least a portion of the application and file suitable for the second user device is further determined based at least in part on the determined rights;
Item 76. The system according to item 75.

Additional Item 77. When executed by the processor, the processor
Causing the second user device to receive a synchronization request with the first user device;
Determining the function of the second user equipment;
Determining which applications and files are stored on the first user device to be synchronized to the second user device;
Causing the second user device to determine at least one format of an appropriate application and / or file based at least in part on the function of the second user device; and
Storing at least a portion of the application and file on the second user device in at least one determined format;
A fixed computer readable storage medium comprising instructions.

Additional Item 78. A computer-implemented method for pausing and resuming content across devices with different functions, comprising:
Under the control of one or more computer systems comprised of executable instructions,
Receiving a request for the identified content from a user of the first electronic device;
Determining a first format of the identified content that is accessible via the first electronic device based at least in part on one or more functions of the first electronic device;
Allowing a user to access a first format of content identified via a first electronic device;
Receiving a pause command from the first electronic device for the identified content;
Storing information for the user regarding the identified content indicating a pause location in the content adapted to receive the pause command;
Receiving a request to resume the content specified by the user at the second electronic device;
Determining a second format of the identified content that is accessible via the second electronic device based at least in part on one or more functions of the second electronic device;
Determining a resume position of the second format corresponding to the pause position of the first format; and
Allowing a user to access identified content in a second format via a second electronic device from a resume location;
A computer-implemented method comprising:

  Additional Item 79. Item 78. The clause 78, wherein the first format is the highest quality format supported by the first electronic device, and the second format is the highest quality format supported by the second electronic device. A computer-implemented method.

  Additional Item 80. 79. A computer-implemented method according to clause 78, wherein the first electronic device and the second electronic device are different types of devices.

Additional Item 81. A computer-implemented method for resuming content on a different device,
Under the control of one or more computer systems comprised of executable instructions,
Responsive to content interruption by the user via the first electronic device, determining content interruption status;
Storing information on the identified suspended state;
Receiving a request for resuming access to content by the user via the second electronic device;
Determining at least one format of at least a portion of the applications and files that are accessible on the second user device based at least in part on one or more functions of the second user device;
Allowing a user to access content via a second electronic device in a determined at least one format in a resumed state corresponding to the determined suspended state, wherein the determined at least one determined Making the format accessible, at least a portion of the content can be different from the format accessible by the first electronic device;
Including a method.

  Additional Item 82. Determining at least part of the rights further comprising determining at least one format of at least a portion of the content that is accessible on the second electronic device, further comprising determining a user right for the content. 82. A computer-implemented method according to clause 81, based on.

Additional Item 83. Determining a restart state of at least one format of the second electronic device based on a suspended state in a format accessible by the first electronic device using at least one format conversion algorithm;
84. The computer-implemented method according to Item 81, further comprising:

  Additional Item 84. A communication indicating that access to the content by the user via the first electronic device has been interrupted by the user selecting a pause option, navigating away from the content, closing an application accessing the content, or Additional notes automatically generated by the first electronic device when performing at least one of navigating away from the application accessing the content or turning off the first electronic device 81. A computer-implemented method according to 81.

  Additional Item 85. A request to resume access to content via the second electronic device causes the user to select a resume option, navigate to the content, open an application that accesses the content, or navigate to an application that accesses the content 82. The computer-implemented method of clause 81, automatically generated by the second electronic device when performing at least one of powering on the second electronic device.

  Additional Item 86. Enabling access to the content allows the second electronic device to play the content, allow it to be displayed, allow it to be rendered, allow it to be downloaded, allow it to be streamed, or 84. The computer-implemented method of clause 81 comprising at least one of allowing presentation.

  Additional Item 87. 84. The computer-implemented method of clause 81, wherein the plurality of formats includes at least one of formats with different resolutions, audio quality, display requirements, audio channels, distribution channels, and execution languages.

  Additional Item 88. One or more functions of the electronic device are an audio function, a video rendering function, a display function, a power consumption rate, a usable battery life, a usable input mechanism, a usable output mechanism, a data connection type, and a peripheral device. 84. The computer-implemented method of clause 81, comprising at least one of the information.

Additional Item 89. Allowing the user to select different formats of at least some of the content that is accessible via the second electronic device;
84. The computer-implemented method according to Item 81, further comprising:

  Additional Item 90. Further comprising storing override information by a user of the second electronic device, wherein the override information by the user can be used for future formatting decisions for at least one of the user, the content, or the second electronic device. 90. A computer-implemented method according to appendix 87.

Additional Item 91. The content can further have multiple versions of one or more formats,
Determining a version of content that is accessible by the user via the second electronic device based at least in part on the user's rights;
84. The computer-implemented method according to Item 81, further comprising:

  Additional Item 92. One or more functions of the second electronic device receive functional information at least in part from the second electronic device, or at least partially based on the identifier of the second electronic device. 84. The computer implemented method of clause 81, determined by examining.

Additional Item 93. Allowing a user of a second electronic device to specify one or more formats that are accessible or inaccessible to at least one type of content via the second electronic device;
84. The computer-implemented method according to Item 81, further comprising:

  Additional Item 94. Appendix to allow a user to rank one or more formats that allow access to at least one type of content via at least one of the first electronic device or the second electronic device 82. A computer-implemented method according to Item 81.

Additional Item 95. A system for resuming content on a different device,
Processor, and
When executed by the processor, the system
Determining that access of the content by the user via the first electronic device has been interrupted in the specified interrupted state of the content;
Memorize the information of the specified interruption state,
Causing the user to receive a request to resume access to the content via the second electronic device;
Having at least one format of at least a portion of content accessible at the second electronic device determined based at least in part on one or more functions of the second electronic device;
Allowing the user to access the content via the second electronic device in the determined at least one format in the resumed state corresponding to the identified suspended state, wherein the determined at least one format is At least in part, different from at least one format accessible on the first electronic device,
And a memory including instructions.

Additional Item 96. At runtime, instructions are sent to the system,
95. The clause 95, wherein determining the user's rights regarding the content and determining at least one format of the content that is accessible on the second electronic device is further based at least in part on the determined rights. system.

Additional Item 97. At runtime, instructions are sent to the system,
Using at least one format conversion algorithm to determine a resuming state of the format of the second electronic device based on a suspended state in a format accessible by the first electronic device;
95. The system of clause 95.

  Additional Item 98. Enabling access to the content allows the second electronic device to play the content, allow it to be displayed, allow it to be rendered, allow it to be downloaded, allow it to be streamed, or 96. The system of clause 95, comprising at least one of allowing presentation.

Additional Item 99. When executed by the processor, the processor
Determining that access of the content by the user via the first electronic device has been interrupted in the specified interrupted state of the content;
Memorize the information of the specified interruption state,
Causing the user to receive a request to resume access to the content via the second electronic device;
Having at least one format of at least a portion of content accessible at the second electronic device determined based at least in part on one or more functions of the second electronic device; and
Allowing the user to access content via the second electronic device in the determined at least one format in the resumed state corresponding to the identified suspended state, wherein the determined at least one format is the first Can be different from the format accessible by the electronic device,
A fixed computer readable storage medium containing instructions.

Additional Item 100. At runtime, instructions are sent to the processor
Item 99. The clause 99, wherein determining the user's rights regarding the content and determining at least one format of the content that is accessible on the second electronic device is further based at least in part on the determined rights. Fixed computer readable storage medium.

Additional Item 101. At runtime, instructions are sent to the processor
Using at least one format conversion algorithm to determine a resuming state of the format of the second electronic device based on a suspended state in a format accessible by the first electronic device;
The fixed computer-readable storage medium according to additional item 99.

  Additional Item 102. Enabling access to the content allows the second electronic device to play the content, allow it to be displayed, allow it to be rendered, allow it to be downloaded, allow it to be streamed, or 100. A fixed computer readable storage medium according to clause 99, comprising at least one of allowing presentation.

Additional Item 103. A computer-implemented method that allows devices with different functions to interact,
Under the control of one or more computer systems comprised of executable instructions,
Receiving a first request for registration at a content management service of a first electronic device for a user;
Obtaining functional information of the first electronic device;
Receiving a request for interaction with a second electronic device from the first electronic device, wherein the second electronic device can be a different type of device than the first electronic device; ,
Transmitting a request for requesting functional information of the second electronic device to the second electronic device;
Receiving a response including function information of the second electronic device from the second electronic device;
Providing interaction information to the first electronic device based at least in part on functional information of the second electronic device, wherein the interaction information includes at least one input command that can be executed by the second electronic device. Showing, providing,
In response to receiving a command from the first electronic device executed on the second electronic device, at least in part in a command format or protocol based at least in part on the function of the second electronic device. Transferring the changed command to the second electronic device,
Including
The first electronic device and the second electronic device can interact through the content management service and the devices cannot interact directly with each other to execute at least one command;
A computer-implemented method.

  Additional Item 104. Clause 102, wherein at least one of the first electronic device and the second electronic device can execute an application that enables the electronic device to communicate with a content management service and display information to a user of the electronic device. A method realized by a computer.

  Additional Item 105. 105. The computer-implemented method of clause 102, wherein the first electronic device and the second electronic device are associated with different users.

Additional Item 106. A computer-implemented method that enables a device to interact, comprising:
Under the control of one or more computer systems comprised of executable instructions,
Receiving a request for interaction with a second user device from the first user device;
Determining one or more functions of the electronic device;
At least of a format or protocol of a command received from the first user device that is executed on the second user device based at least in part on the determined one or more functions of the second user device. Changing one,
Transferring the command to the second electronic device in at least one determined format;
Including
Thereby allowing the first device to interact with the second device without knowledge of the determined at least one format or function of the second user device;
A computer-implemented method.

  Additional Item 107. 107. The computer of clause 106, wherein determining the one or more capabilities of the second user equipment includes communicating with at least one third party system that stores functionality information of the second user equipment. The way that is realized.

  Additional Item 108. Additional clauses, wherein determining one or more functions of the second user equipment includes determining one or more commands that can be received or executed by the second user equipment. 106. A computer-implemented method according to 106.

  Additional Item 109. One or more functions of the second user equipment are processing functions, memory amount, audio function, video rendering function, display function, power consumption rate, usable battery life, usable input mechanism, usable output. 107. The computer-implemented method of clause 106, comprising at least one of a mechanism, a data connection type, and peripheral device information.

Additional Item 110. At least one command that can be executed on the second user equipment for display to the user on the first user equipment based at least in part on the determined one or more functions of the second user equipment Providing,
108. The computer-implemented method of clause 106, further comprising:

  Additional Item 111. Providing at least one command that can be executed on a second user device for display to a user on the first user device includes at least one user-selectable element corresponding to the at least one command 111. The computer implemented method of clause 110, comprising providing a page.

  Additional Item 112. 112. The computer-implemented method of clause 111, wherein each user-selectable element causes a communication service that can change the request format or protocol to send the changed request to a second user device. .

  Additional Item 113. Each user-selectable element causes a request to be transmitted to a second user device, and the request generates a web page code based at least in part on one or more functions of the second user device. 112. The computer implemented method of clause 111, comprising information formatted for a second user device that is determined.

  Additional Item 114. The command is first received by the second user device and the second user device forwards the command information to the communication service to change at least one of the command format or protocol for the second user device. A computer-implemented method according to Item 111.

Additional Item 115. Maintaining state information of each of the first user device and the second user device to execute a coordinated application across the first user device and the second user device;
109. The computer-implemented method of clause 108, further comprising:

  Additional Item 116. Allowing the first device to interact with the second device can also provide extended functionality using the combined functionality of the first user device and the second user device. 107. The computer-implemented method of claim 106.

  Additional Item 117. Clause 106, wherein at least one of the first user device and the second user device can execute an application that enables the electronic device to communicate with the content management service and display information to a user of the electronic device. A method realized by a computer.

Additional Item 118. Allowing the first user device and the second user device to interact with at least the third device without knowledge of the determined at least one format or function of the third user device;
108. The computer-implemented method of clause 106, further comprising:

Additional Item 119. A system for allowing devices to interact,
Processor, and
When executed by the processor, the system
Receiving a request for interaction with a second user device from the first user device;
Determining one or more functions of the second user equipment;
At least of a format or protocol of a command received from the first user device that is executed on the second user device based at least in part on the determined one or more functions of the second user device. Change one,
Having the command transferred to the second electronic device in at least one determined format;
Thereby allowing the first device to interact with the second device without knowledge of the determined at least one format or function of the second user device;
Memory containing instructions,
A system comprising:

  Additional Item 120. Additional clauses, wherein determining one or more functions of the second user equipment includes determining one or more commands that can be received or executed by the second user equipment. 119. The system according to 119.

Additional Item 121. At runtime, instructions are sent to the system,
At least one command that can be executed on the second user equipment for display to the user on the first user equipment based at least in part on the determined one or more functions of the second user equipment 120. The system of clause 119, wherein:

Additional Item 122. At runtime, instructions are sent to the system,
120. The system of clause 119, wherein state information of each of the first user device and the second user device is maintained to execute a coordinated application across the first user device and the second user device.

Additional Item 123. At runtime, instructions are sent to the system,
Additional notes enabling the first user device and the second user device to interact with at least the third device without knowledge of the determined at least one format or function of the third user device 119. The system according to 119.

Additional Item 124. When executed by the processor, the processor
Receiving a request for interaction with a second user device from the first user device;
Determining one or more functions of the second user equipment;
At least of a format or protocol of a command received from the first user device that is executed on the second user device based at least in part on the determined one or more functions of the second user device. Change one,
Transferring the command to the second electronic device in at least one determined format;
Thereby allowing the first device to interact with the second device without knowledge of the determined at least one format or function of the second user device;
Including instructions,
Fixed computer readable storage medium.

  Additional Item 125. Additional clauses, wherein determining one or more functions of the second user equipment includes determining one or more commands that can be received or executed by the second user equipment. 124. A fixed computer readable storage medium according to 124.

Additional Item 126. At run time, instructions are transferred to the system
At least one command that can be executed on the second user equipment for display to the user on the first user equipment based at least in part on the determined one or more functions of the second user equipment To provide,
The fixed computer-readable storage medium according to attachment 124.

Additional Item 127. At run time, instructions are transferred to the system
Enabling the first user device and the second user device to interact with at least the third device without knowledge of the determined at least one format or function of the third user device;
The fixed computer-readable storage medium according to attachment 124.

Claims (21)

  1. A computer-implemented method comprising:
    Receiving a request from a user to access content on an electronic device;
    Authenticating the identity of the user by requesting secure user identification information from the user, wherein the secure user identification information is a secure secret entered into the electronic device by the user; Including a key, a step;
    In response to receiving the secure user identification information, verifying the secure user identification information and determining rights for the user with respect to the identified content;
    Determining at least in part one or more functions of the electronic device by receiving functional information from the electronic device;
    Determining the amount of bandwidth available within a predetermined time period associated with the user;
    Based on the identity of the user, the one or more determined functions of the electronic device, the amount of available bandwidth, and the bandwidth usage pattern of the user over time, the electronic device Determining at least one format of at least a portion of content accessible by the user via
    Allowing the user to access the content in the determined at least one format via the electronic device, the electronic device not previously associated with the identity of the user A method comprising: steps.
  2.   The computer-implemented method of claim 1, further comprising automatically upgrading functions of the electronic device based on the content and the received function information.
  3.   The computer-implemented method of claim 1, further comprising determining an optimized combination of formats individually associated with the plurality of portions of the content based on the received functional information. how to.
  4.   Dynamically providing a decision point to present to the user a selection of a format for a portion or element of the content based on the received capability information of the electronic device and the user's rights; The computer-implemented method of claim 1, wherein:
  5. Monitoring the user's usage pattern, wherein the usage pattern indicates the user's format selection history for previously requested content;
    Determining a recommended format based on the monitored usage pattern of the user, the at least one format of the at least a portion of the content accessible by the user via the electronic device; The computer-implemented method of claim 1, wherein determining further comprises: based on the recommended format.
  6.   The computer-implemented method of claim 1, wherein the electronic device is a publicly accessible device.
  7.   Determining the user's rights for the content, wherein determining the at least one format of the at least a portion of the content that is accessible on the electronic device is further based on the determined rights; The computer-implemented method of claim 1, further comprising the steps of:
  8.   Determining the user's rights for the content includes determining a license associated with the user, the license being in a new format that was not available when the license was acquired by the user. 8. The computer-implemented method of claim 7, wherein the computer-implemented method indicates the user's rights to the user.
  9.   The step of determining the user's rights for the identified content includes determining a license associated with the user, the license indicating the user's rights for a plurality of formats. Item 8. A computer-implemented method according to Item 7.
  10.   Determining the user's rights for the content includes determining a license associated with the user, wherein the license is the user's right to access the identified content on a plurality of devices. The computer-implemented method of claim 7, wherein:
  11. Determining the user's rights for the content includes determining a license associated with the user, the license indicating the user's rights to access the identified content in a format; The computer-implemented method of claim 1, wherein the format is based on the one or more functions of the electronic device .
  12.   Allowing the user to access the content comprises: the content being played, displayed, rendered, downloaded, streamed on the electronic device; The computer-implemented method of claim 1, further comprising at least one of allowing to be presented.
  13.   The content is available in a plurality of formats, the plurality of formats including at least one of different resolutions, audio quality, display requirements, audio channels, distribution channels, and execution language formats. The computer-implemented method of claim 1, wherein:
  14.   The one or more received functions of the electronic device include power consumption rate, available battery life, available input mechanism, available output mechanism, data connection type, and peripheral device information. The computer-implemented method of claim 1, comprising at least one.
  15.   The computer-implemented method of claim 1, further comprising allowing the user to select a different format for at least a portion of the content that is made available via the electronic device.
  16. Storing a selection of different formats as user override information for the electronic device;
    16. The computer-implemented method of claim 15, comprising: determining a format for at least one of the user, the content, or the electronic device based on the user override information. Method.
  17. The content is available in multiple versions having different formats;
    The method of claim 1, further comprising: determining a version of the content that is accessible by the user via the electronic device based on the right of the user or the type of the electronic device. A computer-implemented method.
  18.   The method of claim 1, further comprising allowing the user to specify one or more formats that are accessible or inaccessible for at least a type of content via the electronic device. A computer-implemented method as described.
  19.   The computer of claim 1, further comprising allowing the user to rank one or more formats that are accessible to at least a type of content via the electronic device. How to implement.
  20. A system,
    Means for receiving a request from a user to access content on an electronic device;
    Means for authenticating the identity of the user by requesting secure user identification information from the user, wherein the secure user identification information is a secure secret entered into the electronic device by the user; Means including a key;
    Means for verifying the secure user identity in response to receiving the secure user identity and determining rights for the user with respect to the identified content;
    Means for determining one or more functions of the electronic device by at least partially receiving functional information from the electronic device;
    Means for determining an amount of bandwidth available within a predetermined time period associated with the user;
    Based on the identity of the user, the one or more determined functions of the electronic device, the amount of available bandwidth, and the bandwidth usage pattern of the user over time, the electronic device Means for determining at least one format of at least a portion of content accessible by the user via
    Means for allowing the user to access the content in the determined at least one format via the electronic device, the electronic device not previously associated with the identity of the user A system comprising: means.
  21.   A computer-readable storage medium storing a program for causing a computer to execute the method according to any one of claims 1-19.
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